Mount Pissis is a giant in the middle of Argentina Puna. A inactive volcano of more than 6700 meters that is waiting for you to get to its summit.
Mount Pissis is an inactive stratovolcano, located located on a branch of the Andes, in a highlands region of the Argentinian Puna. This mount forms the border between the provinces of La Rioja and Catamarca. Mount Pissis is the third highest summit of the southern and western hemispheres.
Besides, it is the mountain with more amount of glaciers of all the Puna. Its huge western glacier is really stunning and it is 100 km far from the international crossing route of San Francisco. The viewpoint of the three lakes and Mount Pissis as background, is the most emblematic landscape of the NOA region.
Here I leave an itinerary of the trip. It is an estimate program that I will try to accomplish. Of course, it can be changed depending on weather conditions, mechanical breakdown or participant’s choices.
Meeting point: Airport/Bus Station in La Rioja
DAY 1: LA RIOJA- FIAMBALA – PASTOS LARGOS
Arrival to Fiambalá, stop for details and transfer to Pastos Largos 3300m, where we sleep in an adobe hut (a typical building of this region).
DAY 2: ASCENT TO PASTOS LARGOS Y COQUENA
We will trek around the area trying to gain as altitude as possible and be well acclimatized. Ascent to Pastos Largos Hill at 4.100 meters and then, Coquena at 4.000m.
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO LAS GRUTAS – FALSO MOROCHO
In the morning, transfer from Pastos Largos to Las Grutas at 4000 meters above the sea level. We will rest in a hut of Provincial Routes. Then, we will ascent to Falso Morocho Hill at 4.500 meters of height.
DAY 4: FREE DAY
During this day off, we can visit the hot springs, some archaeological places and watch the native birds and fauna. If it’s possible, we can also visit Laguna Verde, in Chilean side.
DAY 5: ASCENT TO BELTRAND
Ascent to Beltrand Hill at 5.350 meters (depending on the acclimatization level of each participant).
DAY 6: LAS GRUTAS- MOUNT PISSIS BASE CAMP
Transfer from Las Grutas Hut to Mount Pissis Base Camp at 4.300 meters.
DAY 7: PORTAGE
Trekking and portage to Camp 1 (5.400m)
DAY 8: RESTING DAY IN BASE CAMP
Rest in Mount Pissis Base camp.
DAY 9: ASCENT TO CAMP 1
Ascent to camp 1 at 5.4000 meters.
DAY 10: PORTAGE TO CAMP 2
Portage from 5.400-meter camp 1 to Camp 2 at 5.700m or resting time.
DAY 11: ASCENT TO CAMP 2
Ascent up to 5.700-meter camp 2
DAY 12: SUMMIT
Summit attempt and return to Camp 2
DAY 13: EXTRA DAY
In case of bad weather conditions.
DAY 14: RETURN TO FIAMBALA
Descent from Camp 2 to Mount Pissis base camp, where a transfer will be waiting. Once in Fiambala, ending of the expedition. Good bye dinner in Fiambalá Hot Springs. Optional: extra day to visit “The 6000 Museum” and Fiambalá Hot Springs.
DAY 15: Transfer from Fiambalá to airport or bus terminal in La Rioja. End of our services.
Fifteen days of pure adventure in the Puna of Argentina. Mount Pissis, a great option you will love. Contact me, I will be the perfect guide for this expedition!
- Guiding fee
- Transportation start and back
- Luggage transfer
EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina.
I always enjoyed the mountains, and started with mountaineering activities since a young age, so it was natural for me to become a mountain guide. I’ve been working for more than 15 seasons in Aconcagua, first as porter, then as Mountain Guide assistant, and now as Mountain Guide.
I climbed a lot of peaks all along the Andes mountain range, in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, including Aconcagua (6.962 mt – 27 ascents, through different routes like the North and the Polish glacier-), Co Plata (6.000 mt), Ojos del Salado (6.780 mt), Mount Pissis (6.850 m), C° LLullaillaco (6.723 m), C° Incahuasi (6.450 m), Vn Sajama (6.550 m), Vn Bonete Chico (6 750 m), Co Junción (5000 m), Toclaraju ( 6036m), Pisco (5750m), and the three summits of Tres Cruces 6.780m. I recently did my first expedition in the Himalayas, where I reached the summit of Mt Lhotse (8.516 mt).
I usually enjoy organizing expeditions to wild, off-the-beaten-track destinations, that need a complex logistic that you won’t find easily elsewhere.
I am fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.
Italian | English
Personally, was more impressed with the road trip towards the mountain than the mountain itself, but it was definitely worth going. The lunar landscape in this remote area is absolutely awesome. The guide was well prepared, very friendly, and even a surprisingly good cook. The location is as far as you are likely to get from civilisation. The weather was also unusually good. But the mountain is tough and frustrating sliding down every step in the loose gravel and sand. Not everyone's cup of tea
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